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Active AFP Central Ontario Chapter members have access (at no additional cost!) to presentations by experts in the development field, featuring a broad range of expertise and topics to support the growth of your development career. All from the convenience of your desk, at any time.

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Past Events, Webinars, and Library of Content

2020 Lunch and Learn
Collecting Courage

Virtual Gala
Reset, Refocus...
2021 Virtual AGM
A Fundraising Professional's Reconciliation Journey: Learning to be an Ally
national philanthropy day event details

Join us on November 30 in Orillia for our National Philanthropy Day Celebration. Event details and registration:

Chris Locke, one of the philanthropic owners of Orillia and Port Sydney Home Hardware locations will be our guest speaker for this event. Chris comes from a fundraising background and understands the challenges associated with the role of major gift acquisition and fundraising planning. He and his fellow owners are ongoing philanthropic donors and have given hundreds of thousands to the greater Orillia and Muskoka areas. Join us to hear why their team feel it is critical to support and give back to their communities.

Awards being presented:

Youth in Philanthropy Award
Eric Dean Mentor Award

Nominations for both awards are November 23, 2022 at 5 PM. Nomination forms are below.

2022 Youth Individual & Group Award Nomination Form (1) (1)


Join us on October 27th at Noon! Event details and registration: A Fundraising Professional’s Reconciliation Journey: Learning to be an Ally (

December 2022: Holiday Social
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February 2022: IDEA: Building on Step 1
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March 2023: Lunch & Learn: Ethical Leadership in Fundraising
Join us on Wednesday March 8th for a lunch and learn session on Ethical Leadership in Fundraising with Liz LeClair. Learn how can organizations make positive changes to their policies, procedures, and culture that protects their staff members (and volunteers) Tickets and further info available here
April 2023: The Values Compass: Charting Your Next Step to Renewed Purpose

Join us on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Barrie Public Library – Downtown for the Values Compass workshop. With so many changes in our sector, homes, and world, it’s time to ask yourself if you are still living a purpose-filled values-driven life. Tickets and further info are available here.

June 8, 2023: Space To Grow - AFP Central Ontario's Annual Symposium

Join us on Wednesday, June 8th from 9 am-12 pm, for our Annual Symposium and AGM at Lakehead University in Orillia.

Growing through overcoming adversity, prejudices and mental health challenges in unique fields of fundraising:

• Learn more about how we grow, develop new mindsets and increase our learning specific to the challenges in diverse fields of fundraising.

• Presentations followed up with the application of new mental health tools and “think tank discussions” around the tables.

• Create a singular mindset that applies to whomever you have in front of you.

• A Growth Mindset is one of the most wanted soft skills of the year!

• A Growth Mindset is “a belief that you can develop your skills and talents through hard work, the right strategies, and guidance from others” – Future Learn

Meet Key Note Speaker:  Risha Yorke







Risha is a success coach and business consultant. Her expertise lies in leadership, confidence, communication, mindset, branding and business operations foundations.

Her passion around branding, self-confidence and character study is contagious and it is her purpose to guide individuals and organizations to achieving their wildest dreams through self-discovery and exploration of values. She does this through personal one-on-one coaching, speaking engagements, corporate training events and edutainment!

Her focus is to bring more leaders into this world who are full of integrity and passion.

Her TEDx talk “Lead Without Permission”, explores gender inequality and encourages women to step into their spotlight.

She is the creator of License to Succeed: Lead Without Permission, a 3-month, online, transformational leadership and confidence program.

She is host of My Super Type A Attempt at Being Zen, The Podcast and also runs a 9 week work/life balance coaching program by the same name.

Welcome Risha!

Meet Our Panelists:

Bre LeFeuvre







Bre LeFeuvre has been involved in the Orillia community professionally supporting others through health care, nonprofit and charitable work, volunteering, leadership and mentoring for over 20 years. Having worked with catastrophic loss for over 15 years, she is a fierce advocate for those experiencing significant change in their lives. She practices as a Coach focusing on leadership, emotional and relational intelligence as well as the ED of Couchiching Jubilee House and the Director of Partnerships & Community Engagement with Redwood Park Communities.

As a proud single mom to 4 amazing human beings, you’ll find her running, cycling, hiking, grounding and deep in the forest with her partner. Deeply committed to personal and professional growth she believes in living as her Whole Self authentically.

Dr. Rita Shelton







An independent scholar, author, as well as a theatre and media artist, Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell has been named Lakehead University’s 10th chancellor, where she currently acts as a member of the President’s Council on Truth and Reconciliation in addition to an Adjunct Professor of Education. Moreover, she is also a member of Act 3, a collective of older professional female actors and is part of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). She is also an Adjunct Professor of Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Over the course of her career, Rita made a name for herself in the media sphere. In addition to hosting several programs for CBC (Regina Noon, 24 Hours in Saskatchewan, CBC Access and Take 30) in the 1970’s, she was the Director of the University of Regina’s Journalism School in the 1980’s, and she co-founded Vision TV where she was Vice President of Production, before becoming News Director at APTN until 2005 mentoring her Indigenous successor.

In the summer of 2005, Rita retired from full-time broadcasting and returned to theatre and drama. She was the first CanWest Global Fellow at Western University (2006) and Storyteller in Residence at Centennial College’s Centre for Creative Communication (2008-2009).

Her many distinguished honours include two Geminis, the Black Women’s Civic Engagement Network Leadership Award, membership in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and recipient of the Order of Canada (2005). She was named 2018 ACTRA Woman of the Year for her contributions to arts and activism, and she received the ACTRA Fraternal Benefits Society’s Award for Volunteerism. Rita Shelton Deverell has served on several boards and advisory councils, including the then Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Amy Pritzker







Amy Pritzker provides bereavement support through programming including one-to-one support and support groups.

Amy joined the Hospice Simcoe team in 2018, as part of our growing Bereavement Services team. Amy recognizes the impact that grief, loss and trauma can have on people’s lives, and is grateful for the work Hospice Simcoe staff and volunteers do to support our community members through life’s dark moments.

Charlene Myke







Charlene Myke is Manager of Development for Central Ontario of Easter Seals Ontario. Her role is to champion for children and youth with physical disabilities, to create major Events like our celebrity hockey series 8 major cities over 1.9 million in revenue. She empowers the communities and potential donors and volunteers to see the ability not the disability, to see the child not the chair. She has two beautiful kind daughter-in-laws who make their family stronger, three sons, two grandsons and one granddaughter. Her own personal therapist is four-legged Maggie.

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November 15, 2023 - National Philanthropy Day

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